Woman suing pharmaceutical company for meningitis outbreak

(CNN) -- A Minnesota woman is suing a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company at the center of the deadly meningitis outbreak.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Minnesota federal court may be the first one in the recent outbreak.

In the suit, Barbe Puro alleges that in September, she was injected with a tainted batch of steroids from the Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center.

There have been 170 cases in 11 states of noncontagious fungal meningitis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Fourteen people have died, and the cases have been linked to the steroid injections made by the center, the CDC has said.

Some 14,000 people may have received the injections.

Puro was informed that she received the tainted injections and should see a doctor, the suit alleges.

She "underwent medical testing including blood work and laboratories, a spinal tap," the suit says.

It is unclear what the results of those tests were.

Puro is seeking unspecified compensation for her injuries and pushing for class-action status to cover others.


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